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Meal Pattern Minute

Looking for quick tips on some of the CACFP's hottest topics? Our nutrition education specialist, Isabel Ramos-Lebron, MS, RDN, LD, is here to help! Be sure to follow us on Instagram or on Facebook for more tips, recipes and resources!

Meal Pattern Minute: Potato Chips

We know that potatoes credit as a vegetable in the CACFP, but what about potato chips?

Meal Pattern Minute: Flavored Milk

Flavored milk – children and adults alike love it, but is it #CACFPCreditable?

Meal Pattern Minute: Serving Juice More Than Once Per Day

100% full-strength juice is reimbursable for the fruit component in the CACFP. But how many times per day are you allowed to serve it?

Meal Pattern Minute: Vegan Cheese

Plant-based diets are growing in prevalence, and there are tons of great vegan options to serve in the CACFP, like tofu, tempeh, nuts and legumes. Does vegan cheese fit into the CACFP meal pattern?

Meal Pattern: Crediting Yogurt as Fluid Milk

Yogurt – does it credit as a meat/meat alternate or a fluid milk?

Meal Pattern Minute: Home-Canned Fruits and Vegetables

We’ve covered home-frozen foods, now how about home-canned foods? Are they #CACFPCreditable?

Meal Pattern Minute: Home-Frozen Fruits

Using frozen fruit is a great way to incorporate out-of-season flavors in your menu planning. But is it #CACFPCreditable if you do the freezing yourself?

Meal Pattern Minute: Crediting Tomatoes, Avocados and Pumpkins

If you wee a botanist, you would say that tomatoes, avocados and pumpkins are fruits because they have seeds surrounded by a fleshy exterior and they grow from the flower of the plant. But does that line up with how they credit in the CACFP?

Meal Pattern Minute: Surimi

Surimi – what is it and how do you serve it in the CACFP? Isabel is here to answer these questions and more!

Meal Pattern Minute: Serving Meats/Meat Alternates at Breakfast

Serving up scrambled eggs or meats for breakfast? Make sure you’re staying #CACFPCreditable with your menu planning!

Meal Pattern Minute: WIC Cereals

Are you serving cereals that are on the WIC (Women, Infants & Children) list? Hear about how you can use this resource to find #CACFPCreditable cereals.

Meal Pattern Minute: Serving Cranberry Sauce

‘Tis the season for holiday favorites! Is cranberry sauce creditable in the CACFP?

Meal Pattern Minute: Serving Store-Bought Hummus

Get the lowdown on store-bought hummus and Product Formulation Statements!

Meal Pattern Minute: Serving Pancakes to Infants

What’s the deal with pancakes? Are they reimbursable in the CACFP? What about for 6 to 11 month olds?

Meal Pattern Minute: Serving Turkey Bacon and Turkey Sausage

You asked, and we are here to answer: are turkey sausage and turkey bacon creditable in the CACFP?

Meal Pattern Minute: Herbs and Spices

Are herbs and spices reimbursable in the CACFP? You need them to make your healthy meals and snacks flavorful, but are they reimbursable, or even allowable, in the meal pattern?

Meal Pattern Minute: Crediting Coconut

Coconut is so versatile! You can eat it fresh or shredded, and there’s even coconut water and coconut milk. So, is this jack-of-all-trades fruit creditable in the CACFP?

Meal Pattern Minute: Almond Milk as a Fluid Milk Substitute

Is almond milk reimbursable in the CACFP? Between dairy allergies and dietary preferences, it’s a popular beverage, so we’re not surprised you want to know!